solace in paris - pt 2

8/29/2013

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rodin from behind
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eiffel

Although this was my third visit to Paris, I had never visited the Rodin museum before.
On my first trip five years ago, I did all of the touristy must-do's. It's quite exhausting to
keep up that kind of itinerary and as I get older, I simply don't have the patience for it all.
The Rodin museum was the perfect in-between because its garden is so spacious that you
can invariably find a nice spot by the massive hydrangea bushes or a fat hedge, as I did.

pom poms
rodin front
vanessa

My sister Vanessa near the prettiest flower wall. We all need flower walls in our lives.

flower buds

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gates of hell

The Gates of Hell, one of many wonderful Rodin works.

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At times I didn't feel too far from the Gates of Hell (hah), meaning that my fever was making me feel as though I was near a burning fire, or just the hot Parisian sun! Of course I'm slightly dramatizing the situation, but it's true that I was in the midst of one pesky cold that wouldn't budge. The garden did provide momentary solace in Paris - or namely from the hot metro which only made my aforementioned sickness feel amplified. Lucky photographs can omit my endless tissue trail and capture the true beauty that was present in that little paradise!

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49 comments

  1. Oh, I can't describe how much I love your photography! It inspires me so much. Amazing way of showing this lovely city... I dream about trip to Paris very often! :D
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    1. Your photographs are so lovely Julia, I'm sure you'd capture it wonderfully! :)

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  2. I'm sorry to read you were so ill in Paris, dear Valerie. I know how annoying it can be to be ill while traveling.
    The photographs though are so beautiful, there is no trace of illness in them at all - they just make me think of a beautiful sunny day in Paris! That Rodin museum must have been a beautiful place to wonder around - that garden is just stunning! And you and your sister look beautiful surrounded by all those colourful flowers! ♥

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    1. Thank you Polly for the sweet words! <3 My cold probably came on because I was very jetlagged and when I got to England it was freezing! It was bad timing for sure but not the worst thing on the planet haha. What made it tough was that it's so hard to find medicine in Paris! I had to wait until England to get the strong stuff hehe x

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  3. Oh this place looks lovely. I wonder if it's open/as pretty in the winter?

    Sorry to hear you were feeling unwell, that would be terrible :( Hopefully you were feeling better for at least part of your trip.

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    1. I'm sure it's open year-around, Paris is the tourist capital of the world after all! And thank you Jane, I did get better after a week or so. I think I'm allergic to everything in England & Paris because I was sneezing regardless haha. I'm far too "Californian" for my own good x

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  4. I really love your photography!♥ I'm sorry about your illness in Paris, dear.

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    1. Thank you! It was the only time I got sick this year, so I can't complain too much I suppose :)

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  5. I'm so happy to see you exploring Paris! I've been there once and I believe I saw all the must-see's too, but it's so lovely to see Paris' got so much up its sleeve! :) I hope you'll get better soon!

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    1. I'm healthy now, I was only sick in July when I was Paris :) And yes Paris and France in general has so much to explore! I'd go back to the cote d'azur if I had the chance! x

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  6. your photography is so stunning <3 these pictures make me want to go back to paris as soon as possible <3
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  7. I wish I could be there someday! <3
    love your pics!

    sweet and sugars,
    Dias

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    1. I'm sure you will! I never thought I'd have gone 3 times :o

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  8. Photos are amazing as always...and I'm in love with your blue handbag! x

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    1. Thanks Lola! I had to shove it into my easyjet carry on. It almost didn't make it to Paris with me haha x

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  9. Those photos are beautiful! You should be happy about the warm weather, it's getting cold now! :( x

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    1. I am not a big fan of hot or cold weather, just a perfect in-between! In Los Angeles we get spoiled a bit so when I travel I'm usually jarred by all weather haha x

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  10. It can be so frustrating to be ill while travelling because you still just end up pushing yourself to do everything you set out to do!
    These photos are incredible and I love that you are wearing your Kaitlin Shearer dress, a very appropriate thing to wear in Paris where there are so many delicious cakes and sweets :)

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    1. You are so right Harlow! I just wanted to sleep in all day but I had already spent so much to get there, so I forced my way out. I did rest at night though! And thank you, I had intended to wear it last year on my vacation but it arrived late. In the end it was meant to be in Paris <3

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  11. I'm definitely writing this one down for my next Paris trip. I'm sorry to hear you didn't feel well at all that day, I can imagine the hot metro and Parisian heat can get too much at times like that. But feeling ill when travelling is never nice. Seeing these photos though, I am more then sure you really enjoyed yourself here.

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    1. I definitely enjoyed the garden and that it was free the day I visited! The views of the Eiffel tower alone were worth the trek out to the museum. The hot metro is bad enough in the summer since there is no ventilation (on most lines anyway) but with a fever it's the worst! But I'm sure we've all been there at some point hehe :)

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  12. Absolutely lovely snapshots <3 They have a wonderland feel to them. And thank you for giving me a new place to visit in Paris! I recognised this from Midnight in Paris, but I had no clue it was this lovely. I agree that we all need a flower wall - or two, or three... :-D.

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    1. Haha exactly or a whole room! I love that it's not the busiest museum in the city, and I think the sprawling nature of the gardens makes it more exciting as well. I remember it from Midnight in Paris as well - although I'm forgetting how much they showed of it hehe! x

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  13. in love with this post, and your whole entire blog in general.

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    1. Thank you for the sweet words! Your site photos are dreamy as well x

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  14. Goodness, these shots are even more beautiful than the first set!! So so jealous of your marvelous travels!

    Xo, Hannah

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    1. Aw thanks Hannah :) Well I am not the richest person after my trip, so there are drawbacks haha x

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  15. Such a beautiful city. Love how you edited the pictures, it makes it even prettier!

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  16. I'm all for seeking out quiet corners and skipping the tourist path, especially on a return visit. That fever sounds nasty though... it's amazing how photos can lie! These are beautiful, I love how pink and bright they are.

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    1. Hehe it was all truth but thankfully it omitted my running nose! And yes, return visits are the best because you no longer have the pressure to visit every single landmark! :)

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  17. these photos are too gorgeous :)

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  18. Gorgeous pictures I love seeing your adventures. You have the talent of making everything look like a dream!
    xo hannah

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  19. your photography is amazing! i can't believe i've lived in europe for so long and have never been to paris. what a shame. these dreamy pictures are making me really wanting to back to barcelona and buy a low cost airline ticket to the city:)

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  20. it's such a shame you were so sick but you took some really beautiful photos regardless, so at least you can remember it fondly and we can all imagine the wonderful time you had and forget the fact that you weren't feeling well. we definitely do all need flower walls in our lives, if only there were a few near me or if i had one in my backyard to take photos with all the time. hope you've been well lovely, xo

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  21. That picture of your sister by the flower wall is my favourite!
    I don't think I've ever been to the Rodin museum either but it's nice to have taken a little garden tour via your pictures :)

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  22. These photos are all incredible! I almost traveled in space to the Rodin museum because of the beautiful photos you have here :-) congratulations for this magnificent work. my favorites are: the one where you're near some bushes - the second - and the white flowers photo - the sixth - because of the way the light touches them.
    cheers Valerie! I'm definitely following your blog now.

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  23. Oh my goodness Valerie, these look like a dream. Are they film? x

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  24. I wish I had known about the Rodin Museum before I went to Paris!
    It looks beautiful, and these pictures are so dreamy <3 Looks like you had a fabulous time in Pari x

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  25. wow so lovely. it looks so beautiful! Really! Irene Wibowo

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